Royals vs. Yankees: It Doesn’t Get Much Worse Than This
By Bryon Parman
KC Royals Vs. NY Yankees: The Four Game Series Began May 9th and Features Two of the Lowest Scoring Offenses in Baseball. The Royals/Yankees series features two teams who cannot seem to push runs across the plate.
The Kansas City Royals are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for 3rd lowest runs scored in all of baseball at 102. Only two teams have scored fewer runs than the Royals.
One of those teams is the Braves at 90, and the other is the Yankees at 101 runs scored this season. So far, both teams are off to a relatively disappointing start, though the KC Royals are at least at .500. The table below was put together using stats from Espn.com
As an additional feature just for kicks, the table shows what the Pythagorean win% is estimated to be based upon the number of runs scored, and runs allowed for each team in baseball. The table shows that the Kansas City Royals are two games above their Pythagorean win% and the Yankees are right at their Pythagorean win%.
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On Monday night, the Yankees slammed five home runs off Chris Young in 2.2 IP. To this point of the season, Chris Young is pretty much tossing batting practice, giving up 13 home runs in 32.1 innings pitched so far in 2016.
Mr. Gopher Ball isn’t going to work as a starter given the current struggles of the KC Royals offense.
Manager Ned Yost told MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan that second baseman Omar Infante would get more off days during the week. Yost isn’t saying it, but he needs to find an offensive boost. It seems he’s hoping that one of Infante or Christian Colon comes alive at the plate.
Meanwhile, Jarrod Dyson is slumping in right field. Dyson’s On Base Percentage has sunk to .283, which isn’t playable even with Dyson’s elite defensive and base-running skills. The Kansas City Royals might consider calling up AAA outfielder Jorge Bonifacio who is slashing .313/.342/.545 in Omaha. Bonifacio, who was a touted prospect before stalling at AA NW Arkansas the last two seasons, seems to be enjoying a breakthrough at the plate.
At age 22 (Bonifacio turns 23 in June), he appears to be back on track.
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General manager Dayton Moore will need to find offense somewhere, if the established players on the KC Royals roster don’t pick it up soon. However, patience is an organizational strength which the Royals are currently exercising.